President Update 2
If you have not seen it I encourage you all to go to nacs-fsa.org and view the "Why NACS" Info Video. The Membership Committee worked on putting this together at convention and with the help of webmaster Mark Drewitz it is on the website and available to view and download to help with membership recruitment. Many states have indicated they are going to have a training meeting which is an excellent opportunity to reach out to potential members. Even if you are a member viewing the video can be motivational.
The NACS Board has been contacted by members who have received a request from the FSA Emergency Preparedness Division to submit a release of credit information, medical records, finger prints, Selective Service numbers and other various forms. Members are asking why this is happening. I talked to Rob Haughton, FSA Acting Director Emergency Preparedness, about the process. As loan officials lending federal dollars we are subject to Public Trust Moderate Risk Background Investigation. Mr. Haughton said that FSA has not been in compliance of the regulations for 5 years. He said that if you have a poor credit history the best thing you can do is to be honest about what has happened and actions you have taken to address any problems. The release for medical records is requested but is not used unless the references you provide indicate problems may exist. Finger prints are required because the FBI will not check records if the prints are more than 6 months old. Finger prints do change over time. You can find more information on the investigation process at www.opm.gov.
After gathering surveys from the state associations the NACS Board has voted to discontinue having Zone Meetings and National Convention with Rural Development in 2015. The NACS Convention Committee will be working on establishing guidelines for states to use when bidding for and holding these meetings. The committee will also make recommendations on how responsibilities can be shared and not have the membership from the host state being responsible for everything.
Today I had the opportunity to listen in on the Farm Loan Chief's quarterly conference call with Chris Beyerhelm and his staff. Notes will be coming on that in the near future.
A quote from the late Zig Ziglar is "You can have everything in life you want, if you will just help enough other people get what they want."
Through our careers with FSA, we have the opportunity to help other people get what they want.
Have an Unbelievable Day
Allen D. Hall
LeAnn is a Farm Loan Chief from New Mexico. She was elected NACS President at the June 2019 Convention.